Speaker Series: Paul Bedford

Paul Bedford
Presentation & Discussion
Free event, open to the public

Former City of Toronto Chief Planner brings his insight and his passion to the first of a series of lectures hosted by the Community Bicycle Network (CBN)

CBN Speaker Series
Tuesday May 18, 2004
6:00 PM
C’est What Cafe
67 Front St. West, Toronto

Join Paul Bedford with CBN volunteers, members and friends of the community for a special one-hour presentation and discussion on Tuesday, May 18th at 6:00 PM to share his experiences as the City’s Chief Planner and his vision for cycling in Toronto.

“You should be able to live your life without owning a car.”
— Paul Bedford

Paul Bedford, elected as Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners in 2002, is at the forefront of Canadian planning. During his tenure as Chief Planner for the City of Toronto, Mr. Bedford was the architect of the City’s Official Plan which sets out a path for expanded public transit, cycling and walking, and discourages suburban sprawl.

Bedford challenges conventional thinking within city planning circles including communities, developers, politicians and staff. New ways to think, work and act are constantly being put to the test. The adoption of the new citywide Official Plan, unanimous Council approval of the Central Waterfront Plan and a proactive policy agenda with GTA member municipalities are key accomplishments.

In a recent interview with John Barber, Paul Bedford summed up his approach to planning: “It’s applying European city-building values in a North American context where the whole world feels at home,” he said.

Paul Bedford has just retired from the City of Toronto after 31 years of public service and looks forward to speaking on planning issues affecting Toronto and to providing insights into how to improve conditions for Toronto’s cyclists.

Mr. Bedford’s 30-minute presentation at the CBN Speaker Series will be followed by a question, answer and discussion period with the audience.

For more information contact Jessica Hazen at CBN: (416) 504-2918

The CBN Speakers Series presents fresh ideas and current events every month at C’est What Cafe. This free program follows the well received information nights hosted at CBN in 2003. Last year a number of notable people were featured at these information nights including City of Toronto mayor David Miller and York University professor and author Glen Norcliffe. In 2004/05 Torontonians can look forward to an exciting series
of speakers that range from celebrated locals to internationally recognized leaders. For more information please visit http://www.communitybicyclenetwork.org/speakerseries/.

The Community Bicycle Network (CBN) is guided by its mission to make environmentally sustainable, community-friendly transportation accessible to all in the city of Toronto. Established in 1993, CBN is an award-winning organization that initiates, supports and hosts a large number of programs and services. For more information please visit http://www.communitybicyclenetwork.org/.

Support for the CBN Speakers Series is generously provided by Amsterdam Brewing Company, NOW Magazine, Ontario Trillium Foundation and Transport Canada.

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